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Bosch 500 Series vs. Miele Compact Laundry (Reviews / Prices / Ratings)

Kaitlyn Furtado  |  May 24, 2019  |  3 Min. Read

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Editor's Note: We compared Bosch Vs. Miele Compact Laundry last year. However, Miele recently introduced a low-price model now competitive to Bosch's best selling units. This is an entirely different article based on similarly priced machines (which rarely happens between the two).


Compact washers and dryers are the most innovative. You may initially be bummed out about its smaller size.

However, do not let the word “compact” fool you. You can absolutely get your laundry done in this machine.

With a capacity of up to 18 towels or 17.6 pounds, this washer is fully capable of washing the everyday laundry that we all do.

It is about the same capacity as our folks old top loads when you deduct the volume of the agitator.

The features like better dispensing, cycles and higher RPM spins are more compelling on a compact than a regular washer.

The two most popular brands are Miele and Bosch. Most of the time, you would not compare the two because Miele has more features, whereas Bosch is less expensive.

However, Miele introduced a newer model at the same price as the most popular Bosch. So now which brand is truly better at the same price, Bosch or Miele.

In this article, you will look at a side by side comparison for features and reliability based on actual service calls.

What is Compact Laundry?

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Bosch is a German-owned company, and since their launch in the American market in 1996, their appliances have become more popular for style and value.

Although Bosch is best known for their reliable and quiet dishwashers, their compact washers and dryers are best sellers nationally.

Their 500 series is their most popular.

You can purchase both the washer and the dryer for $2,259.98.

Bosch Compact Washer WAT28401UC - $1,129

Bosch Compact Washer WAT28401UC


  • Snag-free stainless-steel drum
  • Large LED display screen with time remaining
  • 15 Wash cycles: Permanent Press, Permanent Press Heavy Soil, Permanent Press Light Soil, Delicates, Quick 30 min, Rinse/Spin, Hand Wash/Wool, Drain, Cotton Normal, Cotton Light Soil, Towels, Sanitize, Jeans, Bulky Items, Drum Clean
  • End of cycle signal
  • Washer plugs into dryer - 220 Volt
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Internal water heater
  • 1400 RPM maximum spin speed
  • 2.2 Cubic foot drum

Bosch has a whopping 15 cycles on this machine. It also spins at 1400 RPM. Your old top loader spun at 410, and most front loaders are about 1000-1200 RPM.

1400 will spin your clothes dryer than almost any other machine for less drying and possible shrinkage in your dryer.

This washer is equipped with AquaShield, which means that you will be provided with two burst proof AquaShield hoses that will prevent any potential flooding. If this were to happen, the water flow to the washer would be blocked.

If you live in a condo with units below, that is an added piece of mind (There are other aftermarket options worth exploring for stopping leaks like Intelliflow).

I am sure your downstairs neighbors and insurance company would appreciate it as well.

The washer is also equipped with SpeedPerfect, which will give you a 40% faster wash than the regular normal cycle would.

Bosch Compact Dryer WTG86401UC - 1,129

Bosch Compact Dryer WTG86401UC


  • Condensation Dryer - Does not require any ducting or venting.
  • Moisture sensor prevents wasted energy and over drying
  • 15 Dry Cycles: Permanent Press, Permanent Press Extra Dry, Permanent Press Damp, Delicates, Quick 40, Time Dry, Hand Wash / Wool, Air fluff/No Heat, Cotton Dry, Cotton Extra Dry, Towels, Sanitize, Jeans, Bulky Large Items, Quick Dry Auto
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Stainless steel drum
  • Stackable with the washer
  • Door can be Reversed
  • Anti-vibration sensors monitor load weight in the drum to eliminate imbalances which reduces noise levels by 30%.
  • 4 Cubic foot drum

This dryer is ventless, so it will dry your clothes by using condensation. The heat and steam from your clothes will be turned back into the water, and it will drain out of the back of the dryer.

Important tip: You can hook the dryer to the washer waste, so you don’t have to empty the dryer after every load.

The dryer will use the Moisture Sensors inside the drum to measure how wet, or dry, your clothes are, so your clothes will not leave the dryer still damp or scorching hot which can cause some severe damage to your clothes.

Like the washer, the dryer offers a Quick 40 Minute Dry option. However, keep in mind that this cycle is for lighter loads, such as dress shirts.

It is important to note for installation purposes that the washer will plug directly into the dryer. The dryer can then be plugged into either a 3 or 4 prong outlet.


Miele is also a family-owned German company. Miele differs from most manufacturers by not outsourcing production of components.

They even produce their controls. Typically, a Miele will last longer than any other comparable machine.

Miele's new washer and dryer set was recently released in order to compete with Bosch directly. This laundry set can be purchased for $2,398.00.

Miele Compact Washer WWB020WCS - $1,199

Miele Compact Washer WWB020WCS


  • Stainless steel honeycomb drum
  • Enameled front
  • Cap Dosing
  • 11 Washing Programs- Outerwear, Normal, HandWash, Dark/Denims, Drain/Spin, Delicates, Proofing, Wrinkle Free, Extra White, Table Linens/ Drapes, Quick Rinse
  • Direct Sensor Interface
  • 115-volt washer
  • 2.26 Cubic foot drum

The washer has a honeycomb designed drum, which allows water to flow between the drum and your clothes gently. This means that your delicate wash items will not be harmed, as they smoothly glide over the drum on a sheet of water.

Miele is the only brand capable of washing your delicate fabrics due to their drum configuration.


Miele’s Honeycomb Drum

Another unique feature to Miele is their Cap-Dosing System. Like a Keurig, you can pop in a pre-measured wash detergent capsule, and the washer will dispense it at the right time; every time.

But what makes the Cap-Dosing system truly unique is the special wash capsules themselves.

The capsules are specially designed to rejuvenate old cotton T-shirts, waterproof jackets, and even strengthen the synthetic fabrics in your work out clothes so they never loose elasticity.

This is a feature unique to Miele.


Miele’s Cap-Dosing System

Miele Compact Dryer TWB120WP - 1,199

Miele Compact Dryer TWB120WP


  • Heat Pump Dryer- Ventless
  • Honeycomb Drum
  • FragranceDos- will emit perfume into your clothing so clothes come out smelling great
  • 12 Dry Cycles
  • Reversable Door
  • 115 Volts
  • 4.03 Cubit Foot Drum

Heat Pump Drying

Miele dries clothes using a ventless heat pump system. This system will recycle the hot air trapped inside the dryer to dry the clothes.

It is the most efficient drying system available and is only a 115-volt heat pump on the market. It will also dry clothes faster than a standard condensation dryer.

This dryer also does not have to be stored in a well-vented area because it does not release any heat, unlike conventional ventless dryers.

Like the Bosch, this Miele dryer does have sensors, but they are spread out throughout the entire dryer. The sensor system will prevent the over-drying of clothes, and it is perfect for drying delicate items.

You can also add fragrance to your dryer with specially designed scents
Regarding installation, the dryer will require a 4-prong outlet. Fortunately, Miele offers a NEMA Adaptor.

This can be plugged into any 220-volt line, and it will split the outlet into two 110 ports. This allows for the washer and the dryer to both be plugged into the same outlet. It retails for only $39.00.

Miele’s NEMA Adaptor

Miele’s NEMA Adaptor

Bosch vs. Miele Compact Laundry


Bosch is the most reliable. However, Miele just introduced their new machine, and there is a learning curve with the installation. It is a 110-volt dryer but needs the adapter. Many of the problems are installation rated.

What Do They have in Common

First, they are both ventless dryers, so you do not have to vent them outside. In the compact laundry, some are vented: Samsung and Blomberg.

Most are ventless like Electrolux, Bosch, Miele, and LG. Both are reliable and offer several cycles to wash and dry.

Key Differences

Miele has the better-perforated Honeycomb drum so that you can wash silks. You can adapt the dryer with fragrances.

CapDosing is a unique way of washing especially with the special detergents designed for different applications.

The heat pump is a better way, more efficient way of drying. It will not emit heat into the room and save you $75-100 per year. It is also gentler on your clothes.

Bosch is easier to install and is technically more reliable.

Which is better Bosch or Miele

Both laundry systems are perfectly capable of washing and drying clothes. Usually, this conclusion ends with Bosch being cheaper and Miele having better features.

In this case, the comparison is a bit more straightforward.

Bosch is technically more reliable, although both are very good. AquaShield is a great out of the box idea, especially if you live in a condo with units below.

Experienced delivery/installation is the best way to stop leaks. Typically water damage is derived from poor installation.

Miele may have the best compact laundry for the price.

The washer can handle silks. However, heat pump drying is the future in the laundry. It is far more efficient, gentler on your clothes than elements and does not project heat into the room.

Additional Resources

Get the Yale Compact Laundry Buying Guide with features, specs, and inside tips to all the brands, to dimensions and explanations of every washer and dryer type are included. Over 535,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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